Effect of pay restraint on NHS Scotland staff groups within the Agenda for Change pay system

The effects of pay restraint on NHS Scotland staff groups within the Agenda for Change pay system

 

A period of pay restraint had been in operation within NHS Scotland since 2011. Following a  previous multi-year settlement that took effect in 2008/9, 2009/10 and 2010/11, there was no general pay uplift for two years (2011/12 and 2012/13), followed by a further 5 years where a 1% pay uplift was awarded with additional flat rate increases for lower spinal points. This research analysed and assessed the effect of this pay restraint on NHS Scotland staff on Agenda for Change Pay Scales within the wider economic situation in Scotland. The research was undertaken within a very short timescale and focused on the collation and where necessary the adaption of existing evidence.

Outcome and Translation

This research was commissioned by the Scottish Terms and Conditions Committee (STAC) the body which negotiates terms and conditions issues relevant to NHS Scotland. The findings will support submissions to the NHS Pay Review Body.

HERU researchers involved in this research project:  Diane Skåtun, Attakrit Leckcivilize

External collaborators: Skåtun, J.D. (Department of Economics, University of Aberdeen)

Publications

Skåtun, D., Leckcivilize, A. and Skåtun, J.D. (2017) The effects of pay restraint on NHS Scotland staff groups within the Agenda for Change pay system. Final Report to the Scottish Terms and Conditions Committee (STAC).